The Blue Genie Art Bazaar will return for the upcoming holiday season. The event, held at 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin, features local artists selling a range of gifts from ceramics to toys. Last year the event, which has been running since 2001, launched an online store to address COVID-19 safety concerns. This year, shoppers can purchase items online or shop in person. 10 a.m. daily.
Cost: Free entrance
Location: 6100 Airport Blvd.
End date: Dec. 24
Lightwire Theater will tell a Christmas tale with moving light characters and holiday music. Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas” will visit H-E-B Center on Christmas Eve.
Performing group Lightwire Theater is known as a semifinalist on “America’s Got Talent.”
Location” H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Ave. of the Stars, Cedar Park
Date: Dec. 24
Visit the Hill Country Galleria to see the transformed Central Plaza featuring home goods, jewelry, art vendors and more up until Christmas. Daily holiday performances will be held at the Central Plaza Pavilion with synchronized tree light shows, holiday displays and photo opportunities.
Times: vary for events Thu.-Sat.
Location: 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave
End date: Dec. 24
The Eleanor is open for its annual Miracle on 5th Street event. The pop-up cocktail bar features holiday-themed drinks and wall-to-wall Christmas decor. The menu includes 11 cocktails and four shots, including classic drinks with a twist.
Costs and times vary
Location: The Eleanor, 307 W. Fifth St., Austin
Ends: Dec. 28
The Austin Trail of Lights returns as a drive-thru event for its 57th year. This year’s spectacle features more than 2 million holiday lights throughout the park spanning 90 holiday trees, lighted tunnels and more than 70 other displays.
Times: 7 p.m.
Cost: $30-$40 (per car)
Location: Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
End date: Dec. 30
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is hosting its annual light show. In past years, the event has been free to attend and open to all. Last year, organizers changed to a ticketing system in which attendees had to reserve tables. This year will continue with the ticketing process. The event features light shows choreographed to music.
Time: opens at 6 p.m. daily
Cost: $20 (four-person table), $30 (six-person table)
Location: Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin
End date: Jan. 2. www.mozartscoffee.com
Zach Theatre is performing its adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The show merges modern music with the Victorian score.
Cost: $25 and up
Location: Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin
End date: Jan. 2
The Circuit of The Americas is hosting Peppermint Parkway, a 1-mile drive featuring millions of holiday lights synced to seasonal classics, for its second year. This year the event includes an interactive Rockette-style dance performance and an open-air shuttle through the parkway.
Cost: $35 per car
Location: 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin
End date: Dec. 26
While the 135-year-old Driskill’s tree-lighting ceremony was done privately this year, it will be open to the public to show off the 16-foot Douglas Fir and other holiday decor, including a gingerbread village made by children at Dell Seton Children’s Hospital.
Time: normal hours
Location: The Driskill, 604 Brazos St., Austin
End date: Dec. 31